Christian Elliott is one of today’s prominent concert organists. Equally at home performing literature of the church or theatre, he has done extensive silent film accompaniment, including at the Packard Foundation’s Stanford Theatre, UCLA, Cinequest, and San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, as well as the San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Conservancy, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A frequent performer at the American Theatre Organ Society’s national conventions, he has also performed for the American Institute of Organ Builders, BBC Radio, and at the famed Hollywood Bowl.
In addition to his classical and church organ training, he was privileged to be mentored by several world-renowned theatre organists, most especially the legendary organist Gaylord Carter, the ‘dean’ of silent film accompaniment. Christian worked extensively with Mr. Carter, who proudly claimed Christian as his protégé. In 1995 at Carter’s gala 90th birthday celebration and farewell performance at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, Christian and Gaylord shared the stage in a moving performance that garnered several standing ovations.